Good evening. I’ve been following this forum for over a year and I’ve noticed a trend among the posters. It boils down to a fundamental misunderstanding of carbohydrates. This is a simple diet to follow. If you consume 800 calories per day, you will lose weight regardless of what you eat. But as I understand it the goal is to avoid carbohydrates. This means no bread. No pasta. No potatoes.
You need to forget what you believe. You’ve been mislead by what you think you know. Consuming fat does not make you fat. Consuming “low fat” products does not help you. Fat is not your enemy. Consuming sugar and carbohydrates in excessive quantities contributes to weight gain. There are the same thing. Carbohydrates are complex hyrdocarbons that break down in your body into simple sugars that contribute to weight gain. If you want to lose weight, minimise your sugar intake, in any form. Sugar is as addictive as heroin. It activates the same pathways in your brain. It’s incredibly difficult to give up.
It’s not all bad news. There are plenty of delicious foods that can help you to avoid sugar in large quantities. You can’t avoid it completely, you need sugar to stay alive. You need it but you can teach your body to run on the energy that you’ve already stored in the form of fat. That’s the point of this diet. To lose fat by using it as your energy.
This diet asks you to enter a state of ketosis. That is, asking you to not consume sugar for three weeks, in any form. That includes carbohydrates. At all. None. No cheating. No bread. No hot cross buns. No sour dough. No wholemeal wraps. No scotch eggs. No cheeky portion of chips. If you cheat, you’ve blown it. You start again.
It’s hard to start with but it’s only for a few days. It gets easier the more you learn about alternative recipes. If you have to eat chocolate at Easter, maybe that’s more important to you than losing weight. Maybe finding an excuse to eat whatever you find delightful is more important to you than losing weight.
That’s entirely your choice but if you’re on this forum, you’re entirely missing the point.